Kids will be kids, but what about Adults?
Kids will be kids. That’s a fact of life. They will push the limits, do things they know they shouldn’t REPEATEDLY, be fearless, throw temper tantrums, whine and cry.
One thing about being a parent is we TEACH them what’s right and wrong. We guide their moral compass until they are old enough to take over. And when they do reach that age of “adulthood” we have forever influenced the direction their compass will sway.
There is a fine line between being nice and letting people walk all over you, but I think being polite and having courtesy is a good sway on the moral compass.
WARNING: my first rant is about to begin.
So when I enter a playground, especially indoors with my children, I guide them in common courtesy. I don’t allow my children to climb UP the slides because that ruins the fun for the kids trying to go DOWN the slide — you know, the way slides were meant to be used. I also won’t allow my kids to do something that could harm the other children, especially the younger ones under 48″ –you know, the children the play ground was built for. Larger kids scaling walls and jumping off or blindly throwing themselves down the slides backwards tends to spark an image of an angry parent consoling their child who is now screaming and in tears. NOT MY KIND OF SITUATION. Oh and by the way…. there is NO LIFEGUARD at the playground. It is strictly PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK!
So, ADULTS please humor me. I would like YOU to be actively AWARE of the guidelines on the playground sign. If your kid is taller than the arrow ATLEAST make sure they are playing calmly in order not to hurt the little ones. And PLEASE watch your children. If you can’t see them then there is a good possibility of them pushing the limits and embracing their ‘no fear, go big or go home’ mentality. They could hurt themselves or someone else and EVEN WORSE be taken out the second exit door unknowingly to you.
Its common sense. Its common courtesy.
Keep your eye on the prize.
Eyes like a hawk.
Think about others.